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Aussie Millions Event #1 – Vincent Wan claims Victory

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The 2008 Aussie Millions Tournament Series kicked off with 537 players registered for Event #1, a $1,100 No Limit Hold ‘Em event. Poker Stars from around the world descended on the Crown Casino in Melbourne, including Kenna James, 2007 World Series of Poker bracelet winner Jeffrey Lisandro and Jimmy ‘gobboboy’ Fricke, the runner-up from the 2007 Aussie Millions Main Event. Among the Australian poker celebrities joining the field were Tony Hachem, Billy ‘The Croc’ Argyros and Sarah ‘Aussie Sarah’ Bilney.

Day 1 was fast-paced and exciting, as many of the big names in the field went to the rail early. Tony Hachem suffered a series of stinging beats to pave the way for his early departure, including losing with {A-Clubs}{K-Clubs} to {A-Spades}{3-Clubs} when the flop came down {A-Hearts}{Q-Hearts}{3-Spades}. Hachem was joined on the rail early by Lee ‘Final Table’ Nelson and Jeffrey Lisandro, who got all his chips in on a coin flip with {9-Diamonds}{9-Hearts} against Alex Luck’s {A-Spades}{K-Spades}. Lisandro was eliminated when an Ace hit the flop.

Over 400 players busted by the dinner break and the pace didn’t slow down on the evening of Day 1. Michael ‘Timex’ McDonald went on a rush in the early evening, busting several players right after dinner to build a chip stack that carried him all the way to the final table. Jovan Scekic burst the money bubble late on Day 1 when he busted Ben Hoang in 51st place. In an exciting back-and-forth hand, Scekic and Hoang got all the money in preflop with {A-Clubs}{Q-Clubs} for Scekic to Hoang’s {A-Diamonds}{J-Diamonds}. Hoang caught a Jack on the flop to pull ahead, but Scekic made the nut flush on the river to take back the hand and sent Hoang to the rail.

20 Players survived Day 1, with Scekic in the chip lead by a thin margin over Peter Pratis. When the players returned for Day 2, the chip stacks looked like this -

Jovan Scekic - 240,000
Peter Pratis - 234,500
Mark Saber - 218,500
Yevgeniy Timoshenko - 188,500
Alex Luck - 183,500
Michael "Timex" McDonald - 150,500
Dale Townsend - 147,000
Damien Oborne - 106,500
John Georges - 92,500
Justin Gendle - 89,000
Jamie Pickering - 82,500
Vincent Chua - 67,500
Paul Schembri - 60,000
Vince Wan - 52,000
Roy Vandersluis - 50,000
Kalan Shuttlewood - 49,000
Brett Hartley - 45,500
Chris Wood - 43,000
Barry Long - 36,000
Con Cotsomitis - 32,500

The big stacks started off fast on Day 2, as Jamie Pickering and Yevgeniy Timoshenko got it all in the middle after a flop of {9-Clubs}{4-Clubs}{2-Spades}. Pickering’s {K-Clubs}{10-Clubs} didn’t catch up to Timoshenko’s pocket Queens, and he was busted in 20th. Kalan Shuttlewood took a slight chip lead into the final table, where the seating assignments and chip stacks looked like this -

  • Yevgeniy Timoshenko 370,000
  • Con Cotsomitis 81,000
  • Michael McDonald 206,500
  • Justin Gendle 108,000
  • John Georges 125,000
  • Jovan Scekic 319,000
  • Vincent Wan 387,000
  • Kalan Shuttlewood 95,500
  • Alex Luck 319,000

Shuttlewood’s chip lead didn’t last long as the blinds increased and the aggressive play of his opponents took its toll. He was the first to fall from the final table when he ran his pocket eights into Michael ‘Timex’ McDonald’s pocket nines. Shuttlewood picked up $7,787 for his 10th-place finish. Con Cotsomitis started Day 2 with the short stack, and hung around to 9th place when he went all in over the top of Yevginey Timoshenko with {Q-Hearts}-[c]. Timoshenko called with {A-Spades}{7-Spades} and caught an Ace on the river to bust Cotsomitis in 9th ($10,203).

Timoshenko claimed another scalp when John Georges moved all in over the top of him with {A-Diamonds}{J-Clubs} and Timoshenko hit the {10-Hearts} on the flop with his {Q-Spades}{10-Diamonds}. Georges didn’t catch up on the turn or river and picked up $12,888 for finishing in 8th place. Alex Luck’s namesake ran out when he pushed all in from the small blind with {A-Spades}{K-Clubs} over Michal McDonald’s preflop raise. McDonald called with {4-Clubs}{4-Hearts}, and the flop came down {K-Diamonds}{Q-Spades}{4-Spades}, busting Luck in 7th ($16,110). Yevgeniy Timoshenko busted in 6th ($21,480) when he ran {K-Spades}{Q-Hearts} into Peter Pratis’ pocket Queens.

Former chip leader Jovan Scekic went out in 5th when Michael McDonald caught an Ace on the flop with {A-Diamonds}{10-Clubs} to crack Scekic’s Queens and send him home with $29,535. Vincent Wan sent Justin Gendle to the rail in 4th ($40,275) when he caught a Queen on the flop with his {A-Clubs}{Q-Diamonds} to bust Gendle’s pocket nines. Wan’s hot streak continued a few hands later when he sent Peter Pratis to the rail in 3rd when Praits went all in with {A-Clubs}{7-Spades} to Wan’s {A-Diamonds}{K-Diamonds}. The board blanked out and Pratis went to the rail in 3rd ($56,385).

Wan had nearly a 2:1 chip lead into heads up play with Michael ‘Timex’ McDonald, but McDonald quickly doubled through Wan when he flopped an Ace with {A-Hearts}{5-Hearts} to crack Wan’s pocket Kings. Wan retook the chip lead a few hands later when his pocket Aces held up. The seesaw heads-up battle lasted over 60 hands until finally all the chips got in the middle for the last time. McDonald raised preflop with {A-Diamonds}{8-Hearts} and Wan re-raised. McDonald went all in over the top and Wan quickly called with {J-Hearts}{J-Diamonds}. No help on the board for McDonald, and local boy Vincent Wan claimed the first victory of the 2008 Aussie Millions and the $142,302 first prize!

*photo courtesy of PokerNews*

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